Transatlantic Connections 3: Building Bridges Conference, January 13-17, 2016, Donegal, Ireland



The Irish Studies Program at the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Drew University, is delighted to announce the third Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference in Ireland, from January 13-17 2016. The theme of this year’s Transatlantic Connections Conference is “Building Bridges.” This theme will be explored in an interdisciplinary way across a range of panels, workshops, keynote talks and cultural events. The Transatlantic Connections Conference will be looking closely at the relationships between Ireland and the Irish Diaspora in the United States, past, present, and crucially, in the future.

Our conference model is original and authentic. Our panels are open to the public, and presenters include local experts, academics, professionals and enthusiasts in a variety of cultural pursuits. As expected, Diaspora studies, Literature and History are on the agenda, but so too is Surf Culture, Irish Language and Music, Medical Humanities, Film and Media Studies, Peace Studies, and Creative (poetry, music and writing).

We invite college students, graduate students, scholars, faculty, experts and enthusiasts to attend the conference, and all are welcome to submit papers in the above fields. To upload an abstract for consideration, you can go directly to the website or email

The conference takes place in the coastal town of Bundoran, County Donegal, which is right on Ireland’s glorious Wild Atlantic Way. Donegal is famous for its wealth of history, culture, and scenic beauty, and for its friendly locals. Local participation is a unique feature of this conference, as is the combination of the interesting panels with music performances, art and craft exhibitions, and the cozy intimacy of the Irish country pub. For those interested in combining the conference with an extra few days of travel and cultural experience, the Building Bridges study trip is open to all. Please go to www.taccireland/studytrip

The Call For Papers is open until November 1, and we will be announcing key note speakers and panelists over the next few weeks.